British Fashion Council CEO, Caroline Rush, explained to FashMash Pioneers why education, innovation and inclusivity are key to the future of British fashion.
On a day when the British Fashion Council announced over £1 million funding for emerging designers this year, it was an honour to have the CEO Caroline Rush join us for our monthly speaker series, FashMash Pioneers.
Rush captured why education, innovation and inclusivity are key to the future of British fashion. The country is world-renowned as a hotbed of new creative talent but in her tenure at the BFC, the emphasis has widened to building established, global success stories.
“The new generation of emerging talent is pushing this field while the big guys like Kering are leading research. We are witnessing sharing of information like never before in this sector. There are exciting fabric innovations but the challenge now is how do we commercialise that?”
On arts education
“Last year the proportion of UK students taking arts subjects fell to its lowest level in a decade. But when we talk to business leaders in traditional sectors like finance or science, they really appreciate a creative education. It’s that idea of left brain, right brain, resolving problems in creative ways. One strand our government leads on is “creativity is great”. We won’t have that if we don’t take arts education seriously. What a dull world that would be!”
“We want to get on with it now. But there’s also a feeling that this is going to effect us long term so we want to get it right.”